By Julia S. | February 17, 2013
If I could only give incoming first year students at Ohio State one piece of advice, it would be to learn how to play euchre before coming here.
Uhh well, maybe not. But for now, let’s say that’s the case, until I think of something more profound and holistic in regards to The Ohio State University experience.
In case you didn’t know, euchre is a trick-taking card game that is much more popular in the Midwest than it is in the South, for sure. It’s also really fun and a trusty way to procrastinate take a well-deserved break from homework. I didn’t think it was so great the first time I played it on one of my high school visits to Columbus. In fact, the first time I played, I thought it was the stupidest game ever and that it didn’t make any sense.
But my very first night of freshman year, euchre was there, and I felt kind of left out not knowing how to play. Furthermore, euchre remained quite ubiquitous throughout the subsequent nights of my college career. So, I resigned to learning how to play last winter quarter, with the help of some very kind friends who would sit behind me and tell me what card to lay down until I learned the strategy.
Fast forward a year, and euchre is by far my favorite card game. I’m not so bad at it, either, if I do say so myself. I even entered my dorm’s euchre tournament this year and made it to the SEMIFINALS!!!!!!! This is deserving of all-caps considering the fact that at times it has been (lovingly) said that a rock is a better euchre player than was my partner for the tournament. But he’s stepped up his game quite a bit since those days, and was gracious enough to play in place of my usual partner, one of my roommates, who ended up being in Taiwan for the tournament. Due to this, however, people were wondering why our team name was still Linsanity (as my roommate’s last name is Lin). But we rocked the Linsanity title nonetheless, and my roommate Facebook messaged me to tell us she was very proud we made it so far… ‘twas a classic feel-good underdog story.
This is what I love about living in dorms. When is the next time I will get to have a full on euchre tournament one floor below my room? Cherish life on campus, seriously, because as much as you may be itching to get out, you’ll just never get some things back.
Rude Awakening: Am I excited that spring break is fast approaching? Yes. Am I excited that, by default, this means my big econ paper due right before spring break is fast approaching? No. = Dilemma.
Pleasant Surprise: You may recall a blog post from last year in which I was excited that I’d finally watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time. I’m proud to say that, after this weekend, I have now watched the EXTENDED version of the trilogy with the suite next door. And for any fans out there, yes, I agree, the extended editions are far superior. Although this time around someone did try to tell me I looked like Gollum. Thanks! At least I don’t look like an Orc, right?
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.